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Piha from top of Lion Rock!

Piha from top of Lion Rock!
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Copyright: Ho Tony (gracious) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1987 W: 0 N: 3151] (13068)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-25
Categories: Seascape
Camera: Canon PowerShot S5 IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-09-03 23:58
Viewed: 5364
Points: 112
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello TN friends,
You had seen my posting of Piha with the Lion Rock (Icon of Piha), and here is the view of the beach that looking toward the south from the top of the Lion Rock! and here you notice our black volcanic sand along the beach!
many thanks for your viewing and hope you can enjoy it!

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Hello Tony,

Excellent picture of this seascape. Very good POV and DOF. I like the foam created by the waves which illuminates the picture. Beautiful colours.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-09-04 0:13]

Hello Tony,
I just discover this most beautiful sight. That makes me dream! Excellent high point of view chosen to show us the spectacle of the incoming little waves, just great!
Un grand merci

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-09-04 0:23]

Hello Tony,
Focus and DOF are perfect. Perfect exposure renders excellent details in beach's shadows as well as in sky and water's highlights. Nice balanced composition.
Best regards Siggi

Hi Tony,

Very good lighting, dof and wiewpoint in this image of a lovely scene.



A very tranquil and interesting scenic pic. Your DOF allows for great detail throughout the pic. The colours are great and very diverse between the foliage and water. The clear sky in the BG and your POV are good too. The overall composition, sharpness and clarity of your pic is excellent!


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  • Loro Silver Note Writer [C: 8 W: 0 N: 42] (557)
  • [2008-09-04 0:49]

Very nice use of light and perfect composition! A landscape of my taste. TFS!

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-09-04 1:31]

Hello Ho This is just simply awesome timing. Great clarity and a superb one. I like the waves folded and coming in a series of blending. Well done Ganesh

That's wonderful my friend, the waves spreading wider and wider in the bay, composed within the hug of the rocks! The pattern of the water as it creates surfs in the shallow looks beautiful...
Hope to get to NZ one day! TFS!

Best regards,

Hi Tony.
Great wave pattern coming in along this very sandy beach. Love the POV looking down on the cove with it's hills around to the water edge.
Lovely exposure and detail.


Tony, I envy you for the beauties of nature you live among.
This is yet another heavenly place by the sea. The atmosphere seems to be so clean and pure.
As usual, this is a beautiful landscape picture. From your perspective, the wavelets lapping the beach look fantastic with predominance of white frothy colour on them.
Thanks for sharing this lovely image and best regards.

Hi, Tony,

what a beautiful and stunning capture! the waves create an elegant pattern - like the different layers of a lady's dress : ) thanks a lot for sharing this wonderful landscape photo.

have a nice day!

Man Yee

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-09-04 3:08]

Hi Tony, it looks like you can still climb higher. Or is this as far as they let you go now? I have NEVER climbed the Lion.
But your horizon is very crooked.
I love seeing the waves as they roll in like this - you certainly get a good view from up there.

Hi Tony,
A nice capture of this beautiful beach. Very well composed with a nice POV. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Tony,

Great POV and good division of water and land.Nice wave effect.TFS.


Hi my friend Tony, what a splendid sescape capture (as usual)with superb clarity and composition.
Many thanks for sharing this beauty friend!

Hi Tony,
You photgraphs are the best advertisement for New Zealand tourism !!! Amazing photograph, TFS

Hello Tony,

Perfect this seascape Tony. Te POV is in my eyes perfect. You couldn'n be find a better place to shoot PIHA beach. And of course they are surfing at the marvelous waves. The overall composition, sharpness and clarity of your picture is excellent.
I couldn't reach the top on my holiday. To dangerous. not the appropriate shoes. Sandals (-:

I take a few days off. Holliday in Germany.

See you. Cheers and TFS BOB

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-09-04 6:20]

Hi Tony, that breaking surf looks great against the balck sand here. Great to see a nice POV from so high up, well done as always my friend!

Let's see....now where have I seen some photos as this lately....oh yeah...on my side:-) Neat Tony. I like it a lot...the waves are small but the frequency is intense. The science behind wave theory is exciting and I still enjoy seeing it in this graphical format!

A calm, peaceful "Gracious" shot...Your name is all over the shot!
Love it, brother!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-09-04 9:29]

Hi Tony,

I probably write the same words for each of your seascapes. They are just so beautiful and so well composed. I think the waves steal the scene - they are rolling in in such lovely patterns accentuated by the white foam. The water is framed so nicely by the mountains and sky.


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-09-04 10:28]

Hola Tony,
sensational view,
perfect "ups and downs" of the waves ...
good lighting and POV.
perfect colors and tones.
saludos amigo y a tu familia

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-09-04 10:34]

Hello Tony,
Very beautiful photo in excellent natural and clear colours. DOF, composition and POV are very good.
Kind regards,

Hello Ho,
7 waves or so,forming a triangle in your work due to the point of view. Well photographed...

Hello Tony,
I am sure... this is my perfect beach!!!
Amazing spectacle of nature..
thanks for sharing

best regards sERGIO

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-09-04 11:30]

Hi Tony. Have you been all around the coast of NZ yet . This is as always a beautiful looking place. The wave on the long beach and rich colours. Have we seen this place before its the island just of the beach. ? well done TFS. PS i should have read your notes first !!!

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-09-04 13:47]

Hi Tony,
yet another magnificent landscape!
I love the layers of breaking waves.
Lovely saturated colours.
Excellent DOF.

Very well done,

Hello Tony,

You have chosen a good pov, keeping a portion of the headland in view to frame the shot and anchor the f/g.
I like how the gently lapping waves are perfectly and naturally framed by the surrounding land.

The colours are just beautiful. (That comes from the heart of a rain weary person, crying out for some warm sun and blue sky!)

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Very dramatic photo and I love the repeating pattern of the delicate waves. The black sand contrasts so well with the water. Nice details in the highlights and the shadows. Very well done. TFS


Hi Tony,
Maravilha.Beautiful place,congratulation.
Best regards,

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-09-04 20:27]

Hi good friend Tony,
Outstanding seascape shot from atop the rock. Very attractive view and I like the layers of rolling surf and the soothing colours. The lighting is superb as is the blue tranquil sky. It must be such a wonderful place to be in. Thanks for sharing this pleasant image.

Hello Tony,
Great capture of these lovely rocks, nice composition and good low point of view, excellent sharpness and depth of field, beautiful colors and nice clarity, lovely textures and colors in the rocks and wonderful water movement.
Well don e.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-09-04 23:36]

Hi Tony

A wonderful, well thought out composition. You have really catured the incoming waves well. Lovely lighting too.


Hi Tony!
Simply great photo! Panoramic view, natural and vivid colours, great composition, and very good details.
Bravo and TFS!

Hello Tony,
I enjoy to visit your great posts always. This is also great in your usual quality. wavy beach looks great. green, blue and white. superb coloration. nicely composed. great work indeed. Thanks for sharing, greetings.

Hi Tony.
A true spectacle of nature!
Excellent combination of elements.
I like much of this style of photography.
Congratulations by wonderful work!
José Roberto

Une belle série de vagues très spectaculaires.
Bonne journée.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2008-09-05 5:34]

Hi Tony,
beautiful beach and coast. Fine pattern of waves. Good work. I like it.
Gr., Aleksander

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-09-05 8:51]

Hi dear Tony,
Beautiful seascape... Your POV shows us all the beauty. Light, well saturated natural colors, composition and the patterns of the waves look so nice. TFS
Have a nice weekend,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-09-05 9:40]

Hello Tony,
Wow, I like the surf rolling onto this beach and the cliffs beyond are rally wonderful. All in terrific light and beautiful colours.
A very fine composition!
TFS and regards, Ulla

Ciao Tony, fantastic seascape with wonderful waves, great graphic and splendid colors, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-09-05 11:33]

Hello Tony,
A fine capture of the Lion's head headland and at least as interesting is the beach in the FG with a fine pattern of rollers coming in over the black sands.
Looks like a fine surfing beach!
TFS this fine image,
Have a good weekend,

Hi Tony.
Excellent picture and amazing, beautiful seascape...View and colors perfect.Thanks to share....
Kind regards.

I love the series of wave upon wave rolling into this shallow cove. The white balance is perfect. Nice work.

Evelynn : )

Hi Tony,
The horizon is mentioned so I leave that aside. The many waves roling in this bay give this photo a very spectacular look. Your high POV also showed the shape of the bay perfectly. I like that you have more light in the back than front. This adds depth to the photo.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-09-06 3:13]

merhaba ho
impressive seascape photo and wonderful capture
i like POV, light, colours and sharpness

Hello Tony. Those layers of waves on the sand are really stunning. It creates layers giving good depth. The lighting is perfect against the blue sky. Well done and best regards. Jusni

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-09-06 22:53]

Hello again Tony. Another splendid shot of this beautiful seascape. TFS and G's,

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-09-07 10:44]

Hi Tony

I love the overlapping waves and the sweep of the bay. Lovely light, colours and composition. Beautiful scene



Hola Tony, veo que eres mejor con los paisajes que con los insectos jajajaja !!

Llevaba ya unos dias sin publicar y tampoco pensaba hacerlo en unos dias más, pero tuve una necesidad urgente para la ID de mi insecto por motivos profesionales y vine a intentar que algún colega la identificara ...

Tu fotografía es una marvilla, solo le falta MUSICA de fondo, no solamente por el bello juego de las olas, sino por su impresionante luz.

Un abrazo amigo y hasta pronto: Josep Ignasi Tejedor.

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-09-19 4:33]

Hi Tony,

How are you my friend?

It is my previlege to be the fiftieth TNer to stop by, admire and let you know how much this shot is appreciated.

Superb shot with an excellent PoV.The surf waves just keep coming and it looks as if time is standing still.Superb lighting and good DoF.Very well done.

Happy 100.

TFS & Cheers

Hello Tony

A super capture of the waves as they lap the beach.
The colours are excellent.
The POV is amazing.
Excellent composition.


Ciao Tony,
meravigliosa immagine di questo bellissimo paesaggio marino catturato con una luce stupenda che rende i colori brillanti, splendida composizione con le onde spumeggianti dai bellissimi effetti grafici. A great photo job.

Hello Tony !
I just discovered your gallery, and what a surprise - you have so many wonderful pictures ! New Zealand being one of the countries I really dream to visit some day, I appreciate looking at your photos. This one I like because of the beauty of the rock formations, the sunny light, and the beautiful waves on the water. Great place - I'm sure you had a lot of fun taking these pictures. Very well done !

Simply fantastic. Both the land / sea and their photographical version. Bravo Tony.
Seems like a very tranquil bay normally. But... in storm?
Best regards, László

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-01-11 2:03]

Hi Tony,
the continuous waves make this shot interesting and eciting. Beautiful white lines from distant and excellent patterns are form. ilike the softness of the water and the sky. Beautiful composition.


Hello Ho.

Excellent picture, nice composition and colors.

Jose Luis.

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